An Engineering Center
The Virginia Tech – Wake Forest University Center for Injury Biomechanics with Wake Forest School of Medicine received a 5-year grant to continue research with the CIREN program, and will serve as an engineering center in this round. An engineering center not only recruits cases for the database, but also performs engineering reviews of medical center cases to ensure biomechanics engineering analysis is used in the determination of injury causation.
Medical centers collect large numbers of cases for inclusion in the database. Engineering centers are also required to conduct research using CIREN information, including data analysis, sled testing, safety system testing, and more.
In the new CIREN system, there are 3 engineering centers (Virginia Tech-Wake Forest University, University of Virginia-Inova Fairfax Hospital, Medical College of Wisconsin) and 3 medical centers (University of Alabama, University of Maryland, University of Washington). All of these centers work together and collaborate on case discussions to contribute important information to the CIREN database. This information has led to many important research studies, and has contributed to the advancement of vehicle safety.